OrderPaperToday – About a dozen presidential aspirants would reveal their plans for the oil and gas sector in a bid to showcase to electorates how they can ensure economic growth and development should they win in 2019.

This debate would be done at the inaugural Development Dialogue Series (DDS) organised by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI) billed to hold in Lagos on September 26, 2018.

A statement by Oke Epia, Executive Director of OAI, said the aspirants will be drawn across party lines while civil society leaders and media practitioners are expected to be in attendance.

Aspirants billed to attend the first in the series include Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Kano State governor and incumbent senator, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and Prof (Mrs.) Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies, all of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Others are Mr. Tope Fasua of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ARNP), Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Prof (Mrs.) Remi Sonaiya and Adeshina Fagbenro-Byron of KOWA party, Dr. Yunusa Tanko of the National Conscience Party (NCP); and Comrade Jaye Gaskia of the Sustainable National Party (SNP).

Also expected are Dr. Baba Datti-Ahmed (PDP); Omoyele Sowore of the Africa Action Congress (AAC) and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Peoples Party (YPP).

In the statement Mr. Epia said the rationale for hosting the dialogue is for the aspirants to to speak about the plans and promises for the oil sector especially against the background of the denial of presidnetial assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) passed by the National Assembly.

Mr. Epia explained: “The situation with the PIGB indicates the need for deep reflection, introspection and fresh perspectives on the fate of both the reforms contemplated by the PIGB and indeed the entire oil and gas industry of the country.

“Given the impending general elections and the inevitable opportunities it provides to rethink, reconsider and offer options for national development, those aspiring for the office of President should convince Nigerians that they have sufficient understanding of the oil and gas sector and have clearly thought out ideas of how to make the enormous wealth of the country work for the overall benefit of citizens.”

The Development Dialogue Series (DDS) is a modest contribution of OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative conceived to draw attention to and deepen conversations around key development themes in the ongoing transition process.

OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is a development think-tank intervening on policy-related issues, especially legislative engagements that expand the frontiers of good governance and the deepening of democratic practice in Nigeria.


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